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::[ SVVS Christmas Social - Hand-in-Hand, Box Hill - December
One of the newer events which was added to the SVVS
calendar a few years back continues to be a great success. The
Christmas Social is get together to which ladies could come along
with their husbands without having either to listen to boring
talks on old cars or having to stand in drafty car parks watching
husbands kicking tyres. Grub was laid on by the pub but there was
a danger that it may not go round. Nevertheless, much chat &
fun was had by all, - with turnout of some 59 people.
Lunchtime Meet - Red Barn, Blindley Heath -
This is as relatively new
venue for us which is proving quite popular among our Members. We
had some 25 cars turn up on a really lovely and quite a hot day
for October. It was also noted that many members ate outside.
Vehicles included the lovely Sunbeam motorcycle belonging to Chas
Moody which many had not seen before. The infrequent Gossets
turned up with two (!) cars, the Moggy Traveller and the XK150. We
also had a visit of a go-faster red Ferrari and a nice 1968 3.4
SVVS at Reigate Tunnel Historic Car Display - September 2010 ]::
The SVVS was again invited by the
Reigate Business Guild to display our vintage and classic vehicles
in old Tunnel Road above the Reigate Sand Caves in the support of
the National Heritage Open Day Scheme. The weather was not
particularly nice to us again, deterring any would-be entrants.
Our vehicles created quite a bit of interest in Tunnel Road, so
many thanks to all SVVS members who attended despite the grim
weather forecast which turned out to be not near as bad as
[ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Inn o/t Pond, Nutfield - Sept.
2010 ] ::
It always seems to be a nice day
when we visit the Inn-on-the-Pond, whatever time of the year we
come. Now at its regular time of September, the weather did not
let us down either. Some 10 proper cars came which is not
exactly overwhelming. Clive Ellis finally parted with some dosh
and has become an official member with his rather imposing Rolls
Royce coupe, which he uses with his other maharajah Rolls for
weddings. New to me Triumph of Chris Lory
and MG of David Lockett.
[ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Watermill, Dorking - August
This was an absolute record even by the standards of some recent
low turnouts; ONE SINGLE SOLITARY proper car turned up at the
newly reinstated venue of the Watermill Dorking. The pub was
great. It used to be one of our regular venues until it burned
down. The refurb is great, the food was great, beer was fine, and
everything about the pub is to be recommended. So why such a bad
turnout? Well its England in August !! Deluges of
flooding rain all day and night. Few of us came in
[ SVVS Summer Picnic - Church Farm, Horne - August 2010]
The Great SVVS Summer Picnic was
held this year on a pleasant day at a very rural location of Julie
& Bozi Mohacek's Church Farm beside the rather lovely St Mary's Church in Horne.
As usual free drinks greeted the Members on arrival dispensed by
Messrs Drew and hotdogs cooked by Messrs Mohacek
juniors and served by Julie and Joanne. Picnic
included a quiz/treasure hunt involving a walk round the farm and
the next-door Church
looking for clues raising £40
towards church funds.
[ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Plough, Bletchingley - July
Although the Plough has by far the most space for our vehicles on the
grassy knoll, we
have had our share of problems at this venue. Over the years
the pub has run out of beer, ran out of glasses and in recent years the weather has been far from kind.
Forecast was fairly settled so what could go wrong? On leaving home a newsflash that an airport coach
had overturned at the M23/M25 junction bringing closure to the
motorways. The Plough continues the tradition with around 50
[ SVVS Visit to Amberley Museum , West Sussex - July
"Amberley Amble" had a pretty poor turnout. Four
cars, plus one late, and only nine people. The Amberley site is
enormous which really cannot be explored properly in one day.
There is simply too much to see and involves a fair bit of
walking, or chufferpuffing, or clipclopping or opentopbussing.
Entire buildings of exhibits provided by such as British Telecom,
Southern Electricity, Southdown etc crafts, collections etc.
I will need to return to see
more of it! Fabulous day, fabulous place !
SVVS Evening Meeting - The Six Bells, Horley - June 2010 ] ::
No problems with suspected murders at
the pub, as was the case a couple of years ago, so the pub was
open to be serving beer. However, this year latecomers were being
told to go elsewhere as the pub had run out of glasses and could
not cope with any more customers. Certainly more moderns in the
spacious car park than previously. However our members are more
interested in cars than beer, well some, so the evening
continued. Two new post-war
vehicles: an Allard and a Bitter.
:: [ SVVS
Lunchtime Meeting - Surrey Oaks, Newdigate - June 2010] ::
If one were looking nominate a timeless English country pub
then the Surrey Oaks in Newdigate would be high on the list. With
its low beams-ouch-rambling layout, pleasant garden and variety of
real ales, there can be no better place to while away a summer's
afternoon. Weather at this venue is always at the very least good
or otherwise brilliant. Could do with more like it! This
also seems a popular place for unveiling new cars. Being a local
for Tony Russell, lots are Hot Rods resident in village.
[ SVVS Visit to Brooklands at the invitation of JEC - June
Our Member Peter Clark is also the Chairman of the Jaguar
Enthusiasts Club, Surrey Region, who meet at the Brooklands Motor
Museum. JEC Regional Committee extended an invitation to the SVVS
to join them at their Thursday July meeting in their oldies and to
display them along with JEC Jaguars. During the evening Peter
arranged for a guided tour of the Museum and for exhibits to be
laid on for both sets of club members. Some 20 SVVS cars attended
a superb evening. Many Thanks.
[ SVVS Evening Meeting - Skimmington Castle, Reigate - May
2010 ] ::
As is traditional, our summer evening season started with a visit
to the Skimmington Castle, a pleasant olde worlde pub hidden on
Reigate Heath. The landlord had once again ensured that no moderns
crept into our half of the car park, and we ensured that we
prevented all moderns coming in by occupying most of the other
half. As usual the Skim was one the best turnouts of the
year, but as usual not all cars were ours.
Perhaps it is time of year, but the Skim continues to be popular
::[SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Plough &
Furrow, Smallfield - May 2010]::
It seems as if our Members are beginning to find the
Plough& Furrow in Smallfield because the turnout was
considerably up on last year. Mind you, that would not have needed
much because in 2009 only five cars turned up. This time we had a
quite a fair turnout of 16 vehicles including two potential new
members who found us on the internet. A few mutters were heard
that Members could not get tables in the Restaurant. Perhaps
next time it would be better to book in advance.
:: [ SVVS
Lunchtime Meeting - Black Horse, Hookwood - April
2010 ] ::
The Black Horse at Hookwood, has been on our calendar for
many years but it never seems to get a significant
attendance. It is perhaps a bit early in the year to get the
old cars out, confirmed by the fact that vintage cars were
outnumbered by classics 4 to 8. This may also suggest that Members
with classics are keener to get out when compared to the vintage
brigade. The Black Horse is a smart modern pub with lots of tables
and extensive menu; another family gastro-pub.
:: [ SVVS
Lunchtime Meeting - Black Swan, Ockham - March
2010 ] ::
It should perhaps be admitted that our first visit to the
Black Swan at Ockham, scheduled as a “visiting pub” was not
exactly a raging success. A brave experiment of going to the
western fringes of our area to attract the members in that area.
In the event only seven proper cars and a couple of moderns turned
out. It must also be said that it was Mother’s Day and that ‘every
son and his mother’ had booked all the tables for lunch.
This is not a drinker’s pub, more a gastro
:: [ SVVS Treasure
Hunt - Orienteering - March
2010 ] ::
Not actually a Treasure Hunt but a non-competitive drive between a number of villages
where it was then necessary to park, get out of the car
and walk to find all the clues. We assembled at the Fox Revived, gently
toddled off to look at old churches, and eventually reassembled at
the Lamb Inn where lunch had been booked. The ‘Special Four’
of Jackie and Simon Pearce together with
Madeleine and Steve Brooks, only managed
measly 27, whereas Mohaceks brilliant 24 and Testers 22.
:: [ SVVS
Dinner - Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate - February
2010 ] ::
We had returned to the Reigate Manor
Hotel for the Annual SVVS Dinner and had also been very
fortunate to obtain one of UK's greatest after dinner speakers,
Stuart Turner. In view of the Speaker and that Reigate Manor had
provided a superb meal for a reasonable cost, we had the best ever
record turnout of 126 people. Stuart had agreed to speak if we
contributed the proceeds of our raffle to his charity 'The
Motorsport Safety Fund'. The speech by Stuart was absolutely
:: [ New Year's Day Lunchtime -
Beehive, Woodhatch -
January 2010 ] ::
Back in March a 'Barbecue Summer' was forecast which turned out to be
one of the wettest on record. In October the same genius with the
seaweed forecast a mild winter.... The New Year
dawned crisp, sunny but cold which may have accounted for the smaller
than usual turnout of older vehicles in the car park, although a wee bit
up on last year. There was a very good crowd of our members in the bar, so
much so that the staff had problems coping with the
food orders at one stage.
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